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William Baldwin, Humphrey Cavell, and the Authorship of the Tragedy of the Blacksmith in the 1563 Mirror for Magistrates

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IT has not hitherto been noticed that the final tragedy in the 1563 edition of A Mirror for Magistrates is markedly different in form from all the others in the volume. In this essay, I shall argue that the nature of these differences argues that the middle section of the poem—about a hundred lines: a quarter of its entirety—was written by Humphrey Cavell as a quite separate poem, unconnected with the Mirror, and that it was only later that it was taken up by William Baldwin, who inserted it—or some of it—into a new tragedy of his own making: ‘The wilfull fall of [the] Blacke Smyth, and the foolishe ende of the Lord Audley’.

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Author(s): Pincombe MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Notes and Queries

Year: 2009

Volume: 56

Issue: 4

Pages: 515-521

ISSN (print): 0029-3970

ISSN (electronic): 1471-6941

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/notesj/gjp198


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